Some industry observers believe furloughed fixed ops employees won't return in droves to their jobs for various reasons. Other business sectors hard-hit by unemployment may offer fertile ground for hiring replacements with service-oriented skills.
Take the leisure and hospitality industry, for example. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics compiled in April shows that this sector has suffered staggering job losses, with more than 7.6 million people out of work — or nearly 47 percent of total positions.
Furthermore, about 75 percent of hotel employees have been laid off or furloughed — an impact that's nine times worse than the devastation following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to the American Hotel & Lodging Association.